Sleepwalking through Life

Sleepwalking through Life

Written by Ade

Last week I attended a 5-day ‘Self-Realization with the Enneagram’ retreat. For those not familiar with the Enneagram, it is an ancient Sufi teaching that describes nine different personality types and their interrelationship with each other. Through learning about the different personalities, we get to see through our habits and come to understand more about our true Self. In understanding who we are (and are not), we get to see how our habits play out with the various people who come and go in our lives - family, friends, lovers, colleagues, and the rest. 

I know there are a number of personality tools out there and each brings its own set of skeptics. Those skeptics, in my opinion miss the point. For after all, if the tool helps us examine our life and understand our habits better, then surely that is success. With all the pressures of modern life, it is easy to sleepwalk through our lives and not have any time for self-inquiry or reflection. It is easy to always be on autopilot, doing the things we’ve always done and getting the things that we’ve always got. Guess this is what Socrates was warning against when he said, “The unexamined life is not worth living.”

As we reach mid-point of 2010, it is a poignant time to take stock and carry out a self-reflection review of where we are along our path. Most people have a mid-term review in their organizational lives, so why not have one in our personal lives. In reflecting on the year, it’s not just in relation to what have been our successes or failures. It is also about looking at how we want to live in our day-to-day life going forward. In examining our lives, we get to wake up to our lives and take responsibility for how we wish to live it. Some questions that come to mind for the mid-year reflections are:

  • Am I living the life I want to live?
  • If no, what do I need to do to live that life?
  • If yes, what do I need to do to continue living that life? 
  • What qualities and values do I currently demonstrate in my life?
  • Going forward, what qualities and values do I want to demonstrate in my live?
  • What current habits or behaviors do I want to let go?
  • What current habit or behaviors do I want to keep?
  • What new habits or behaviors do I want to develop?
  • What support do I need to develop, to encourage me live up to the commitments arising from the questions above?

In exploring the questions, it is important to also consider - ‘How you are going to do it?’ and ‘When you are going to do it?’.

Wishing you a steady journey along your path of reflection and inquiry. May the remainder of 2010 be all that you wish it to be…. and more!

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